Visual Basic Improvements in Visual Studio 11

Visual Basic Improvements in Visual Studio 11 (visualstudiomagazine.com)

Visual Basic Improvements in Visual Studio 11. One of the primary themes in Windows 8 is availability over a wide range of hardware platforms, from low-power smartphones to portable tablets to desktop PCs. Windows 8 will have the Metro mode — very similar in behavior and appearance to Windows Phone 7 — that will run across all the platforms, plus the Desktop mode that will run only on those platforms that can support it. (Continue reading at visualstudiomagazine.com)

My Two Cents: Nice article on some of the new features in this pre-release of Visual Studio 11. I hear the release date is either 2nd quarter or 3rd quarter of this year. Does this mean Windows 8 is getting ready to be launched too? We will see!

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg takes coding course

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg takes coding course (www.bbc.com)

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has resolved to take an online computer coding course. The mayor is joining more than 180,000 people currently taking part in Code Year, a campaign to encourage more people to program. “My New Year’s resolution is to learn to code with Codecademy in 2012!” he wrote on Twitter.(Continue reading at www.bbc.com)

My Two Cents: Its never too late to learn the exciting world of programming. America needs more local programmers, however it is difficult to get started. Most Americans I feel do not have the long-term dedication and sacrifice its takes to be a developer. Most developers I interview out of college do not have the skill set to join our team, and want $200k or more with no experience. Lately I also get laidoff financial professionals from Wall Street that were making $500k or more seeking engineering careers that again… they do not have the skill set required to have any value to the company. But, for the few that do have that dedication, I see the value of these online computer coding courses. Michael Bloomberg knows that the days of many high paying jobs in the financial industry are gone, and the City needs to bring high paying jobs from the technology sector from states like California, Washington, and Arizona. I have been here in New York City for almost 5 years, and as a Northern Californian, this City’s social environment with other Technology corporations by far is the best in the country. I have learned many new technologies from professionals from Microsoft, Google, Apple, Amazon, Intel, and many other technology firms, from the endless technology classes and meetup groups. The continued success of Adept technologies and any other technology corporation is based on it’s teams of didicated professionals, and the quality of life they live. New York City by far is the place to grow as a developer and stay sharp as a developer on new technologies as a team.

Microsoft celebrates IE6 death as Google downranks Chrome

Microsoft celebrates IE6 death as Google downranks Chrome (www.bbc.com)

IE6 dropped below 1% of usage, the United States joins Austria, Poland, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway, which have already seen usage fall to very low levels. In the UK, IE6 usage remains at about 1.4%, although some countries have far higher usage levels. In China, for example, it remains at about 25%. According to data from measurement firm StatCounter, Google Chrome increased its market share from 15.6% in January 2011 to 27% by the end of the year. At the same time, Microsoft dropped from 46% to 38.6%. Firefox also fell, from 30.6% at the beginning of 2011 to 25.7% by December.(Continue reading at www.bbc.com)

My Two Cents: Goodbye IE6. However I use IE9, and I like it. I remember the days of IE6, It was the default browser shipped with Windows XP. We had a lot of security issues with IE6, oh I remember some all nighters based on that browser..Goodbye IE6 I will NOT miss you..

Apple Loses Bid to Keep Software Information Under Seal in Psystar Case

Apple Loses Bid to Keep Software Information Under Seal in Psystar Case (www.bloomberg.com)

Apple Inc. failed to convince a judge that information about its software in court filings that’s already available on the Internet and in print is “trade secrets” that should remain sealed from public view. (Continue reading at www.bloomberg.com)

My Two Cents: The ruling came in Apple’s copyright-infringement lawsuit against Psystar Corp. They make Macintosh computer clones. I disagree with the Judge, Apple wrote the code, its theirs. Just because Apple made some of the code public, does not mean they forfeit their ownership rights. Its so easy to copy then to create. But, if you purchase an Apple clone and it sucks because the code is not supported, its your own fault. I will spend the extra money making sure I have the real deal, not a fake or clone! In the long run it saves me money.

U.S. Google+ traffic leaps 55 percent in December

U.S. Google+ traffic leaps 55 percent in December (news.cnet.com)

Google+ attracted tens of millions of people in a few months is impressive. The biggest social-network rival for Google+, though, has more than ten times that many. (Continue reading at news.cnet.com)

My Two Cents: I like Google+, it gives us options, if facebook goes down the path like myspace, I will use Google+ more.